Patrick Brind

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Admiral Sir Eric James Patrick Brind, GBE, KCB (12 May 1892 – 4 October 1963) was a senior officer in the Royal Navy who went on to serve as President of Royal Naval College, Greenwich from 3 October, 1946 to September, 1948, then [Commander-in-Chief, Far East Station]] from 22 June, 1949 to February 1951, and finally Commander-in-Chief Allied Forces Northern Europe from 1951 to 1953.

Naval Career=

Brind joined the Royal Navy as a cadet on 15 January, 1905 and was educted at Royal Naval College, Osborne & Royal Naval College, Dartmouth. Promoted to Midshipman on 15 September, 1909. This was followed by promotions to acting Sub-Lieutenant on 15 September, 1912 the Sub-Lieutenant on 30 December, 1912. He served in the First World War on the gunboat HMS Excellent from 1914 to 1915 (whilst in this role he advanced to the rnak of Lieutenant on 30 September, 1914. He next assigned to the Queen Elizabeth Class battleship H.M.S. Malaya in early 1916 and took part in the Battle of Jutland (1916) on 30 May, that year.

On 8 October, 1918 he was reassigned to the Monitor H.M.S. Sir John Moore where he served as it's gunnery officer until January, 1919. On 15 December, 1921 he was next appointed as gunnery officer of the C.Class Cruiser H.M.S. Cardiff and as Squadron Gunnery Officer, 3rd Light Cruiser Squadron then assigned to the Mediterranean Fleet until 10 August, 1924 (whilst in that role he was promoted to Lieutenant Commander on 30 September, 1922. Following this role he next assigned to the battleship H.M.S. Royal Sovereign with the Atlantic Fleet, serving as its gunnery officer until May, 1925.

Following a period of 10 years in seagoing roles he was next assigned to a shore command the Royal Naval Gunnery School, Portsmouth (H.M.S. Excellent) on 12 July, 1926 and remained there until July, 1927. (whilst in that role he was advanced to the rank of Commander on 30 June, 1927). On 5 February, 1929 he was reassigned to the county class heavy cruiser H.M.S. London on the Mediterranean Station until October, 1930. On 30 January, 1931 he attended military staff course at the Royal Naval Staff College, Greenwich until January, 1932. On 27 July, 1932 he was appointed Commander, Royal Naval Gunnery School, Portsmouth (H.M.S. Excellent) as its executive officer until January, 1934 (whilst in this post he was promoted to the rank of Captain on 31 December, 1933).

On 16 May, 1934 he was reassigned to the Tactical Division of the Admiralty Naval Staff (H.M.S. President) in London until February, 1936. On 25 March, 1936 he was appointed Flag Captain of the Leander Class light cruiser H.M.S. Orion with the Home Fleet until July, 1937.

Brind also served in the Second World War as Chief of Staff to the Commander-in-Chief, Home Fleet from 1940 to 1942 when he became Assistant Chief of the Naval Staff.[1] He was made commander of cruisers in the British Pacific Fleet in 1945.[1]

Brind became President of the Royal Naval College, Greenwich, in 1946 and then Commander-in-Chief of the Far East Fleet in 1949.[1] It was under Brind's command that one of his ships, Template:Ship sailed up the Yangtze River and was stranded there for six weeks.[2] He was made Commander-in-Chief, Allied Forces Northern Europe in 1951; he retired in 1953.[1]

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